Various Artists

The USA Records Blues Story

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More than a decade before Alligator Records began reviving the careers of Koko Taylor, Fenton Robinson, Lonnie Brooks, and Detroit Junior, among others in the 1970s, these cats were cutting killer sessions for little labels that you probably have never heard of, including USA Records (not to be confused with Leonard Allen's twin labels United and States from the '50s). Recorded between 1963 and 1966, The USA Records Blues Story captures a dozen of Chicago's best at their peak, often in the midst of some kind of historic transition artistically -- witness Koko Taylor a couple years shy of "Wang Dang Doodle," Fenton Robinson a couple years shy of "Somebody Loan Me a Dime," and Junior Wells a couple years shy of his Hoodoo Man Blues breakthrough. But USA also lured more bankable talent, including Willie Mabon and J.B. Lenoir, who were both still going strong long after their stints with Chess Records. If USA Records ever cut any duds, you wouldn't know it from the way Bill Dahl compiled the reissue; this one hits the jackpot all the way through.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:43 Spotify
2
2:24 Spotify
3
2:55 Spotify
4 2:59 Spotify
5 3:13 Spotify
6 2:34 Spotify
7
3:07 Spotify
8 2:54 Spotify
9 3:12 Spotify
10 2:36 Spotify
11 2:13 Spotify
12 2:46 Spotify
13 2:38 Spotify
14 2:49 Spotify
15 2:45 Spotify
16 2:57 Spotify
17 3:00 Spotify
18 2:15 Spotify
19 2:53 Spotify
20
2:25 Spotify
21
2:05 Spotify
22 2:35 Spotify
23
2:37 Spotify
24 2:56 Spotify
25 2:06 Spotify
26 2:42 Spotify
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